Faith in the Future: Louis Tomlinson Album Review


Faith in the Future, Louis Tomlinson’s second official studio album, was released on November 11th. On Nov. 26th, the record reached  number two on Billboard’s Top Album Sales, as well as 37,500 albums sold in the U.S that first week. 

The album announcement was made in August followed by a statement. 

“I’m so excited to finally tell you that my new album Faith In The Future is out 11th November. After living with this album for a while, I can’t wait for you all to hear it. Thank you for allowing me to make the music I want to make.”

To start, I’m not an avid Louis Tomlinson listener, so this was a complete first hearing for me, and I have no other work to compare it to. 

Here are my thoughts on the tracks: 

The Greatest- Perfect opening track for this album, the anticipation leading up to the chorus, starting off slower and then picking up speed. Looking at the set list from the performance at the Irving Plaza in New York, this track and several others were a live debut for fans and the opening number. 

Written All Over Your Face- About a certain relationship and how there are signs showing that it’s not going to work, the signs being ‘all over your face’. Tomlinson uses nature-esque symbolism, using words such as: Hurricane, Thunder, and a Cold Atmosphere, which is a very destructive and chaotic way to describe a relationship. It’s very drum and guitar heavy which has a nice beat and is fun to listen to. 

Bigger Than Me– Before the album, Tomlinson hadn’t released anything since 2020, which caught fans off guard when this song was released so suddenly. The track was a single for the album announced August 1st, to start the era off.  The song is about personal identity, change, and coming to terms with growth. It’s very main character energy, and listening to it makes you want to dissect the words and understand the thought process behind it

Lucky Again– This song gives very much singing and dancing in your room like nobody is watching. It’s about the journey towards a ‘lucky’ and perfect relationship, and the ups and downs that follow. 

Face The Music– Very exciting and upbeat, like other tracks; you just want to get up and dance. 

My personal interpretation? In the lyrics, “I don’t wanna face the music, but I still wanna dance with you.” refers to People who don’t approve, or the outsiders being the music, and the significant other, being the dancer. Translation, I want to ignore everyone else and still dance with you. 

Chicago– Absolutely heart wrenching. Complete switch up from the previous songs. The beginning lyrics start with asking if her family is okay and the notices of the prior relationship. It’s how in the end it wasn’t meant to be. The song has some hard hitting lines such as, “I didn’t have to search ‘cause I still know your number, I bet sometimes you still like to wear my jumper.” and “Just because it didn’t work doesn’t mean it’s meaningless to me.” I think this is a fantastic song that’s relatable, engaging and deserves all the hype. 

Overall, Faith In The Future had a very consecutive sound. According to an anonymous Centaurus student, they described it as more punk than any of his other music, and that it was some of his best work. It was very instrument featured, which was nice where most artists these days are using more electronic sound. Before being released, I hadn’t seen any gained traction for the album. Even though I haven’t listened to any of Tomlinson’s other music, I know that his following is pretty large. Needless to say, despite all BillBoard Top 100 statistics, this album is severely underrated. 

What do you think of Faith in the Future? Let us know in the comments!